Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brotherly Love

It was Clay's last day of kindergarten today, so I went to the school to help out with the year-end festivities. Naturally, I had Brooklyn with me. We walked to Clay's classroom and the minute she saw her big brother, her eyes lit up. He smiled and called out, "Brooklyn!" then he picked up her up and carried her down the hall to the lunchroom where his class was headed to play some games. Brooklyn smiled and wrapped her arms around her brother and happily let him carry her.



Throughout the day, Clay and Brooklyn stayed together. He was taking his big brother role seriously and helping her every step of the way. And she was looking at him like he hung the moon.

When snack time came, Clay pulled out a chair for Brooklyn. He took her ice cream bar out of its wrapper for her and then helped another little girl at the table who couldn't get hers open either. It almost made all the times he punched a kid, who was bugging him at school, go away. Almost. When they were done with their treat, Clay ran to the sink, grabbed a paper towel, wet it, then proceeded to wipe the chocolate from Brooklyn's mouth. Then he took her hand and led her to the carpet for story time. I stayed on the sidelines, just watching the scene with a sense of pride and happiness. And, of course, wondering when aliens had taken over my kids' bodies.
I have to write stories like these so that I can remember that now and then I have a day where I don't hear constantly, "Give it to me! Give it to me! Give it to me!" in the most annoying whiny voice EVER as Clay runs around the house teasing Brooklyn with something of hers that he's taken.

35 comments:

Bailey's Leaf said...

You know, sometimes my daughter's behavior at school vs. home just amazes me. She can be great either place, but at least she saves the breakdowns for home.

Much More Than Mommy said...

This is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen!

Do you do Brooklyn's hair yourself? I still haven't learned to braid my girls' hair -- is it difficult? How do you keep her still to do it??

Mum-me said...

Awww .... that's so sweet!

Yes, we all need to record these times and keep them handy so we can read them when we feel like murdering our offspring for their latest misdemeanor.

Amanda said...

That is sooo cute! It's so awesome to see siblings being sweet!

HRH Mommy said...

How incredibly sweet. Looking at the pic of the two of them sit together makes me want to have a girl. As a mom to 2 boys, I doubt my kids will ever sit like that. That is just the cutest pic!!

Marjorie said...

How incredibly sweet! Glad you not only captured the moments in writing, but also in picture.

SubWife said...

Aww, that brought tears to my eyes! Those wild macho boys have a few tricks up their sleeves and surprise us once in a while in the most incredible and amazing way!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!

misssrobin said...

This is a beautiful story. And that last picture of her in his lap is a keeper! One to print out and place in strategic locations for those moment when you want to kill him.

Not that I ever have those moments when I want to kill my kids. Maim them, maybe.

Karla said...

Very sweet. My rambunctious boy was always like that whenever his little sister visited him at school. If only I could get them to act like that at home...

Delbos said...

That's soooo sweet :) And Dawn you does great hair dos! And I am also amazed how Brooklyn sit still to let you do it!

SeaThreePeeO said...

Bless!

I find my two put on great displays of affection when in public, then proceed to attempt to kill each other when at home!

La Bella Baskets said...

You know you're doing something right when you have moments like this!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

How sweet. I often wonder why the kids react differently in situations like that. I remember when mine were in school, they acted the same way. But now that they're homeschooled, they are starting to get used to being nice. Sometimes. :)

WeaselMomma said...

Moments like this are precious. I notice that these things happen most when we have taken at least one kid out of the picture for the day(playdate or something) and change up the scenery.
Glad to see you have such a wonderful pic.

Sarah said...

Such a precious story. They are so cute together. :) Love Brooklyn's hair too, cute!

Anonymous said...

That's the sweetest thing I've read in a long time. My kids, too, used to behave that way at school. Teachers used to comment about how well they got along. My response? MY KIDS? At home they're like oil and water!.... Sharon

Momma knows said...

It is nice to see that theyre so close . My 2 younger children are really close as well . You are doing a great job with them

Donna said...

Priceless !!!!

Knitty said...

What a happy heart you must have!

Anonymous said...

It's a sign that you're doing something right! We don't get signs like that often enough. My brother and I are only 16 months apart and at times practically killed each other growing up. But we were also each other's biggest defenders against the outside world. All these years later we're still good friends.

Jess said...

What a great story. It gave me goose bumps. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Juneau Poole Party said...

I always find it amazing how siblings can fight like cats and dogs, but then take care of each other and even protect them like mamma bears when needed!

Shannon said...

This is so Sweet!

For a second, I thought I was reading another blog...just joking!

You have great kids....even if they don't act it all the time!

Heather said...

Aw - beautiful story and photos. (And I'm impressed at Brooklyn's hairdo!)

Marjorie said...

So cute it almost made me cry.

geelizzie said...

awww...what a sweet kid!

Que said...

That is awesome! That is also NOTHING like our house. lol. We have 3 girls and there is a 7 year difference in Girl 1 and Girl 2. And I think it's that difference that is causing them to be combative. The oldest wants the middle to act "right" and the middle wants to act her age. Then the oldest fusses because the middle is acting (who would have thought) childish. So we are dealing with that daily.

So if we ever have one of those moments like you have displayed here, we are going to take so many pictures and create a wall mural because that may NEVER happen again at our home.

Shari H said...

That's an adorable picture the last one of her in his lap. I thought it was sweet how he took care of her.

Linda said...

Proof of what a great mama they have. This is so sweet, I admit I got a little teary-eyed!

Jensamom23 said...

Awww..how sweet!

Kathy at Wellness Roadtrip said...

You just got an "outstanding work" on your Mom Performance Review.

Nothing is more satisfying than knowing your children understand they were given siblings to love and care for. Job well done!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Oh that's sooo cute!!

Lyuda said...

Awww, that is adorable! Those moments are priceless, aren't they?

Erin said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love these (rare) moments.
:)

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